Wherever I go, I’m watching. Even on vacation, when I’m in an airport or a railroad station …
I look around, snap pictures, and find out how people do things.
~ Richard Scarry
Your Ucompass developers spend a great deal of time watching how you do things. Did you know that? You may not see them sitting next to you, but they are watching. Sometimes you just tell them; other times someone else might spill the beans; and there are times when they just fill in the blanks.
The support team watches the tickets; they listen to the issues; they think of ways to keep your sailing smooth. Then they implement. So, what did they see this week?
Your appreciation of the Forcing Fields put in place recently has become another call to action for the developer team.
After watching the steps taken on your end and knowing how much you enjoy using this feature, the team found ways to save you some more time.
When you have submitted a file for upload to the Common Folders, you will now be able to IMMEDIATELY force that file to yourself or to all students!
You will see that choice (as on the left) immediately after the submitted message.
Please note that this applies only to all students in one particular shell. This is NOT a global forcing to all shells. Would that be a good idea, too? What about My Folders?
It looks a bit different for now, but this is the same functionality as above. No longer will you need that Object ID. Upload your slide, and instantly force it to all students, now or on the calendar schedule.
What else did the team learn? There have been a lot of rumblings about students spamming classmates. It seems that parents have also taken to complaining about this as well. Quite frankly, it’s good news that the Educator email system is working so well. This allows students to reach out and collaborate as needed. Like so many good things, it can become a problem in less considerate hands. Having had many discussions with instructional leadership, we decided to try this:
Whenever a student sends an email to more than 10 students in the class, the teacher will be automatically be copied on that email. It will look something like the address fields above. This will afford the teacher immediate firsthand knowledge and the documentation necessary to take appropriate action. The first few reports generated tonight were from students looking for collaborative partners. Prohibition cannot be the answer. Hopefully, timely notice will help douse this flare-up of activity. Taking this even a step farther, logs or abuse are being kept and weekly administrative reports will be sent to leadership in order to best gauge the matter.
Moving along to more fun stuff here … you’ve all heard about the ongoing development of Educator 3. That toolbar and dashboard are two bits and pieces from that development team. This week we have another piece of E3 to share with you!
It’s all about the segments, isn’t it? We noticed how some of you were getting lost or tired in the eyes from having to read so many lines on your screens. We agreed, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The developers have made it easier for you, your students, and their supervisors or parents to view a student’s progress. All views will now incorporate the E3 gauges:
Each segment is clearly represented. The PERCENTAGE that is graphically displayed represents the grading for all work completed to that date. It is not the course grade until 100% of assessments (arrows) are completed OR the student withdraws. The rest is very self-explanatory. Please note that previous TOTAL PERCENTAGE field has been eliminated. Do you like those dial gauges?
And finally, there’s one more thing we noticed this week. We were actually tipped off to this one by one of you who wrote:
When grading assignments I often scroll down first to take a quick look at the TII report. It is frustrating to grade an assignment only to find out there is an academic integrity issue therefore scrolling down each time has become a common practice. Point being, please consider moving the TII report up so that we do not need to scroll down before grading each assignment. Perhaps the TII report could be placed in between the “Student Name” and above the “Attached Files”.
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you this:
What do you think now? Aren’t you happy? What does that do for you? You’re all familiar with this:
From now on it will appear at the top … and save you the trouble of grading something that had been graded by 20 other teachers before it was copied and pasted for you.
Stay in touch. Make us think. Make the developers see. It will make your teaching life better or easier or just more fun!
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
~ e. e. cummings